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“Slavery and the slave trade were crimes against humanity and wherever there were crimes against humanity, there ought to be reparations. You begin the reparations discourse by apologising for the crimes that you have committed and then you begin the process of fair and equitable settlement of that history. That discussion must be placed on the table at this moment in time”.

These statements served as a backdrop to a presentation given by Sir Hilary Beckles, Pro Vice-Chancellor & Principal of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus in Barbados, at a recent lecture at the London School of Economics in central London.

The Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) has announced an August 8 deadline for scholarship and fellowship applications for its 20th session in the Fall.    

With a stroke or two of their pens, reporters, editors and young people could secure scholarships and fellowships to attend one of the most sought-after media gatherings in the Caribbean. Now in its 10th anniversary year, the 20th Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx) will focus the next symposium on public relations.  

Anand ‘Jerry’ Persad an ICT Entrepreneur from Trinidad & Tobago is the winner of CANTO’s first ever i-Create e-Content Competition 2010-2011. The annual competition which was launched in October of 2010 rewards the most creative and innovative e-Content developers in the Caribbean.  The competition was staged in CANTO member countries and received over 60 registrants from Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Dominica, Ghana, Jamaica, Suriname, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.

Persad captured first place from a pool of 20 entrants with his submission coined: ‘eTecK Kiosk Application’ entered under the e-Culture Heritage and Tourism category. The site objective includes providing information and investment opportunities in Trinidad & Tobago to potential investors in the international and regional market. The ever thankful Persad was ecstatic upon hearing the news and attributed his winnings to his wife (Janice Persad) who encouraged him to enter the competition.

President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the International Procurement Institute (INPRI), Jorge Claro, has commended the Jamaican Government for developing a sound procurement policy, as well as a cadre of trained professionals to deal with it.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of a workshop on public procurement at the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) in Kingston, on Monday June 27, Mr. Claro said the Government’s decision to focus on procurement issues was an important point of development for Jamaica.

About 45 individuals from the public and private sectors will participate in the three-day workshop, June 27 to 29. It is being organised by MIND, in partnership with the Ministry of Finance and Public Service and INPRI.